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Europe by Train

When I was a teenager, InterRail (Eurail for Europeans) was for 14 – 18 year-olds. Flying was expensive then; budget airlines didn’t exist (really, young’uns!), and InterRail was the cheapest way to get to southern Europe, sleeping on the floor all the way. Well, things have changed. And to prove that, the good folks at [...]

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Silent Sunday: Baskets for sale at the market in Inca

Baskets for sale at the colourful market in Inca, Majorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain

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Autumn in Munich

Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers’ market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. We’re about a week early, which means we have a [...]

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Silent Sunday: Autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Pumpkins at the roadside – autumn in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

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World at a Glance: While we’re waiting for Nobel…

Four Nobel Peace Prize recipients hail from South Africa. That’s quite an impressive number; only six countries have more. At Nobel Square on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, you’ll find Nelson Mandela along with South Africa’s three other laureates.

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Silent Sunday: Belle Epoque steam boat on Lake Geneva

The Belle Epoque steam boat Rhône plies the waters of gorgeous Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) in Switzerland

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Hamburg by Instagram

Many European port cities have changed in later years. Formerly seedy districts have undergone urban renewal, sometimes veritable metamorphoses. Architects have been given seemingly free reign, often with spectacular results, such as in Rotterdam. Der Spiegel HQ – Hamburg is Germany’s publishing and media hub On a recent InterRail journey, a quick stop in Hamburg [...]

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